2016-04-14 / News Briefs

Teacher NewsPort

Math Madness at TMS

March Madness at Thompson Middle School looked a little different this year! Fifth-grade students competed in a month-long math challenge where each Friday in March, students had “one quarter” (fifteen minutes) to complete as many math problems as possible and try to earn a seeding at the “big dance.”

TMS teachers Melissa Turner, Steve Taylor, and Tom Milburn enjoyed watching their students’ excitement and have used this opportunity to foster a sense of pride, spirit, and community.

Several local coaches visited the fifth-grade classrooms to talk about different sportsmanlike characteristics. In addition to earning points for math problems, students could score “three-pointers” by wearing sporty clothing on game day.

This sparked a tremendous sense of enthusiasm and competition among the students, who were competing for classroom rewards— including free-gym time and homework passes.

Students from Lisa Canole’s Rogers math classes were volunteer scorers. What a great collaborative effort among schools to create academic excitement while making connections about how sportsmanship can yield great benefits on the court and in the classroom.

Learning and Leading

In March, Pell teachers Terry Mey, Marilynn Donnelly, Kathleen Bradley, Kristine Decomo, Megan Machado, and Colleen Crotteau attended the Academic Language of Science workshop sponsored by RIDE at the Newport Area Career & Technical Center (NACTC). Teachers collaborated on how to foster a language rich environment within the science classroom. Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, they increased their understanding of how to engage language learners.

NACTC at Ballard

Friends of Ballard Park held its annual Illuminated Gardens Tour in February, which featured the work of 36 students from the Advertising Design & New Media program at NACTC. Over 3,400 attendees viewed the “Stars Under Stars” exhibit created by Dave Connell’s students. This red-carpet walk featured self-portraits of students made only from typography.

Editor’s Note: The three articles here were submitted by Kathryn Dusel, the Public Outreach Chairperson of the Teachers Association of Newport. They are excerpts from the second edition of “TEACHER NEWSPORT” developed by the outreach committee. The newsletter will be distributed to parents monthly.

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